President Macron believes that he may have persuaded President Trump to reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the UN Paris agreement on curbing climate change.
“Donald Trump listened to me. He understood the sense of my approach,” the French leader said after the state visit to Paris ended on Friday. “He told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months. We talked in detail about what could enable him to come back into the Paris accords.”
Mr Macron also spoke of his first phone conversation with President Putin after his election win in May. He said that Mr Putin acknowledged that there had been Russian interference in the campaign but insisted that it was carried out by individuals, not the state.
During the G7 summit in Italy in May, Mr Trump refused to endorse the Paris agreement. However, during his visit last week, he said: “Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord . . . but we will talk about that over the coming period of time.”
Mr Macron told Le Journal du Dimanche that Mr Trump had been influenced by the way that American city officials and business leaders had continued to support the agreement and that he understood the French argument that climate change contributed to terrorism. Mr Macron believes that extreme weather is worsening the migration crisis and provoking conflict over dwindling resources.